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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

Festival fun this summer

See the NCO at Bollington Festival, Buxton Festival, Ulverston International Music Festival and the Just So Festival

Macclesfield Spectacular Season Finale on Saturday 3 May

Craig Ogden peforms Villa Lobos Guitar Concerto
Lots of exciting engagements coming up across the country!

Bollington Festival: 16 May - 1 June

Ulverston International Music Festival: 6 - 15 June

Buxton Festival: 11 - 27 July

Just So Festival: 15 - 17 August

Classic FM recording artist, Craig Ogden, plays the famous Villa Lobos Guitar Concerto

See us spring and summer at:

Oswestry, Shropshire - 28 March

Bolton - 5 April

Bollington - 25 May

Bolton - 22 June

Buxton Festival - July

Blackburn - 5 July

Carlisle - 12 July

Cheshire - 17 August

Bollington Festival is 'first up', with the NCO presenting a Concert for Families on Sunday 25 May in the Festival Marquee at 7.30pm.

Concert features music from J Strauss, Mozart, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Elgar, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and more - plus, an exclusive performance by local amateurs, playing alongside 'the pros' (after coaching by NCO musicians!).

Programme also includes:

Vivaldi Concerto in C rv110

Corelli Concerto Grosso in F Opus 6 no 9

Bach Violin Concerto in E

Piazzolla Adios Nonino

Myers Cavatina from the Deer Hunter

J Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' at Buxton Festival 2014 - accompanying the Festival's main opera productions. 

This year, NCO will be playing for Dvorak's Jacobin, Gluck's Orfeo, Rossini's Otello and an Opera Gala evening, as well as giving two concerts.



See individual festival websites for NCO concert times and booking details

Heritage Centre concerts starts 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time

Concert times vary for each venue.
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